By Mackenzie Patel
WANT Esteemed Contributor
Since I am turning eighteen in less than a month, I got to thinking about specific books I think most eighteen year olds should have read thus far. Whether they are assigned school readings, books read for pleasure, or titles you plucked off the shelf randomly at the local library, the books listed below are definitely “must reads” for any educated young adult. The plots are intricate, the characters are inspiring and deep, and the elegant prose practically has me salivating with literary lust. Although I tend to read mostly classic books, I did include some current YA fiction (sorry, John Green novels and Hunger Games didn’t make the cut). These selections are memorable, timeless, and have the ability to transport even the most unimaginative reader into another realm of reality.
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (watch out for Go Set A Watchman coming out on July 14th!)
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Read my article about the HP and LOTR series on Huffington Post here.
- Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott. Fitzgerald
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
- The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
- Julius Caesar by Shakespeare
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
- Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
- Freakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner, Steven D. Levitt
- Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglass Adams
- Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- Bridge to Terebithia by Katherine Paterson
What books do you think should be on the list? Leave in the comments below! Check out my Goodreads profile here.
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